INTERVIEW: Missing Nin

Hi Nin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

All things considered, not too bad thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Brick”?

Brick is the second song from my Season 4 project.  The whole purpose of Season 4 was to try and create some music that sits on the fringe of hip hop within Australia, so hopefully, that premise is somewhat communicated in the sounds of Brick.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

No event in particular.  The song itself is just about ego, but the lyrics are there for your own interpretation. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Haven’t put together a proper video for this one, but keep an eye out for Episode 4 of Season 4.  I’ll be releasing a song called ‘Chat Up Lines’ and will release a video with that track/episode too.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process of this song probably went for a lot longer than I would’ve liked.  I just put it together in my bedroom studio which makes it very easy to procrastinate at times.  I made the beat for this song when I was finishing off my first EP.  I was working on an entirely different song which didn’t sound too hot – so I took the chords and just played around with layering synths and happened across the best parts of the song by messing around really.  Before Brick had been released or properly recorded, I used to play the first minute of the song live with a different set of lyrics – so after sitting on those lyrics for ages and hearing how corny they sounded coming out, I got into the habit of changing the content of the song as I recorded and once I stopped cringing at my lyrics then badabingbadaboom Brick was finished.

What role does Brisbane play in your music?

Mate Brisbane is god’s country and it’s good to be home.  I only moved back to Brisbane in February, so thanks to COVID, Brissy hasn’t really played much of a role as of yet – but I’ve got most of my friends and family here, plus the city itself has really started to pop off in the past couple of years, so whatever happens in the future, I’m sure the city will be kind to me.

How has Arca and OutKast influenced your writing?

OutKast is made up of two of the GOAT MC’s and are THE BEST duo in the history of hip hop period.  Don’t @ me.  Not only that, but those two are some of the first people in hip hop who started to blend genres, so everything that they’ve done is a huge inspiration for the project.  Obviously I don’t hold a candle to them but they’re the ideal artists to look up to in my opinion.  As for Arca, I view her in a similar light too.  She is the queen of experimental music and creates music that is entirely its own – so I always try to emulate that originality in my music and write with the intention of creating a distinct sound that people identify as completely unique to MISSING NIN.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

There are 3 more songs in Season 4 that will be released over the next few months.  I’m currently working on a bigger project, whether that turns into a mixtape or album – I dunno yet.  You can expect more beats and less rapping after Season 4 finishes though.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Season 4 should be done by August this year and then the album/mixtape/’Greatest Hits’ compilation won’t happen until 2021 I imagine.

Any plans to hit the road?

Only speculation at the minute, but once restrictions ease in Brisbane I’ll try and put on a Season 4 wrap party with a few friends. 

What else is happening next in MISSING NIN’s world?

I’m producing Kanye West’s next album.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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